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Coupon Lady: Turn to your stockpile for some creative Christmas gifts

...Christmas presents.Food gifts are great in a pinch. My favorite food gifts are layered jars.You will need a few non-food items to make this gift: quart-sized wide-mouth jars, a half yard of Christmas fabric and some raffia or ribbon bought...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2013-12-19/coupon-lady-
305 billion coupons sent out last year

...in 2011. That means we are seeing more medicine coupons and personal care items and less food item coupons. These non-food items are generally not seen as highly needed items compared to food items.Manufacturers have also decided to offer fewer...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2013-03-07/305-billion-
The Coupon Lady: When food shopping at a flea market, it's buyer beware

...temperatures seriously reduce shelf life.In fact, most salvage grocery sites recommend only taking dry goods and non-food items to a flea market setting. Most salvage grocers have items such as dented cans, so high temperatures put those items...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2013-05-09/coupon-lady-
Sales Cycles: What should I buy in September?

...process them into tomato paste, tomato soup, diced or stewed tomatoes, ketchup, spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce.Non-food items on sale this month include last-minute school supplies such as pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue, paper...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2011-08-25/sales-cycles
Rants & Raves

...I've known quite a few poor people who get food stamps. They are not too poor to ask me to buy them so they can buy non-food items. They are laundering them everywhere and using them for rent. We are tired of our tax dollars supporting those who...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2012-01-02/rants-amp-raves
Find your own reward for saving money

...Since I already use coupons, my weekly estimate also includes pet supplies of about $15 a week and $15 a week for non-food items such as cleaners and toiletries . In the spirit of full disclosure, I also have to subtract my couponing costs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/smart-shopper/2012-01-13/find-your-ow
Change confuses customers

...the final penny from the state's sales tax on food. The state still collects four cents for every dollar spent on non-food items -- including grocery store purchases like paper towels and pet food. And stores still collect local sales taxes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/10/20/met_242375.shtml
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The clay eaters

...practice is, Dr. Grigsby said. Persistently eating non-food items is a psychiatric disorder called pica, and eating...that pregnant women may suddenly develop cravings for non-food items, such as dirt or laundry starch, Dr. Devoe said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1999/03/18/ent_256491.shtml
Things to Do
Starting a Bulk-Buying Co-op

...divide that by nine to get the cost per four-pack. Make sure you include sales tax in the adjustments, of course - non-food items need to have the sales tax cost added on. Add a small amount to each unit to cover your own risk. Once you've...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/content/blog-post/simpledollar/2008-08-25/starting-
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